Food Safety is FIRST in preventing foodbourne illness; Food Safety FIRST
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About This Program -

Food Safety FIRST is an online training program for secondary science teachers that will help teachers implement active food safety education lessons in their classrooms. Learning activities in Food Safety FIRST encourage inquiry, experimentation, and theory. As a result, your students can gain important food safety knowledge, proper food handling techniques, and valuable critical thinking skills.

Emphasis is given to creating learning opportunities that encourage your students to describe, investigate, and explain phenomena and raise questions consistent with the National Science Education Standards. You will use tools such as UMassOnline, the Food Safety FIRST CD and Lab Kit as well as the Science and Our Food Supply curriculum, to communicate with other teachers enrolled in our modules, while implementing food safety activities and experiments for classroom use.


  • Bacteria Are Everywhere - to increase knowledge and applications of basic food safety concepts and skills as well as bacteriology and food microbiology.
  • Food Handling Is a Risky Business - to increase knowledge and applications of bacteriology and food microbiology as they relate to safe food handling at home and the workplace.

Time: Each of these modules will take 2-3 hours per week over five weeks in readings and lab experiments performed at home or work, online discussions with your peers, and web-based readings.

Cost: Each of these modules are free. However, participants are asked to purchase the Food Safety FIRST CD-ROM with course resources and activities. Cost for the CD is $20 plus shipping and it contains resources for both modules. A special Food Safety FIRST Lab Kit, which can be used for both for Bacteria Are Everywhere and Food Handling is a Risky Business, is available for $34 plus shipping from Connecticut Valley Biological Supply.

Certificate: After you complete a module, you will be able to purchase a certificate of completion that can be used to document 15 hours of Professional Development. Participants who complete both modules along with additional activities may register for graduate credits for an additional fee.

Technical Requirements: Participants must have access to the Internet with a computer, modem or high-speed Internet connection, e-mail, and communications software such as Internet Explorer or Netscape, and have "Cookies" enabled on their browser. Click for more details.

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Developed by UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program in cooperation with National Science Teachers Association, UMass Amherst Departments of Nutrition and Food Science, STEM Education Institute and the Department of Computer Science, copyright 2004. UMass Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. UMass Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment. This project is funded in part by USDA CSREES Grant Number 2002-51110-01501.
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